UPDATE: List now includes most of people’s suggestions, and have also added a History of TEFL Blogs tag that you can follow to the many later posts on the topic.
TurklishTEFL was kind enough to publish a piece of fluff by me on the topic of teaching in the land where you can go from Ataturk to Ataturk without leaving Ataturk, and even kinder in suggesting that I was the first TEFL blogger. Far from it, you young whipper snapper, you! Ditto for Lindsay’s comment in the last post that I was some kind of TEFL blogging pioneer.
To put the record straight, I’m planning to draw up a chronological list of the history of TEFL online navel gazing. You can all contribute by adding the first posts etc of your own and other blogs, especially old and disappeared ones, in comments below. Here are some major moments in the first few months of the three year history of TEFLtastic, to give you some ideas of things you could mention, plus some results of tracing back on the history of the blogs I read when I started out. I’ll also be interviewing various personalities from the early days of TEFL blogging, so you can volunteer yourself or nominate others for that too.
July 1999 – According to Aaron Campbell (see below), the start of free, commercially available blogging software
Some time in 2000 – Harry Hutton of Chase Me Ladies, I’m in the Cavalry fame includes TEFL stories on his Killer Facts website, later converted into a blog
Some time in 2001 – Simon Barne’s I Hate ESL website started, later to morph into the English Droid blog
February 2003 – Aaron Campbell writes on the topic of EFL blogging in ITESLJ
9 July 2003 – first post on distinguished TEFL technology guru Graham Stanley’s blog-efl
Some time in 2003- Start of the original English Teacher X site, later to include a spinoff blog
December 2003- Start of Teaching English in Korea- ESL blog:
30 April 2004 – First post on Chase Me Ladies, I’m in the Cavalry blog (not TEFL related)
18 January 2004- First post of EFL Geek
Some time in 2004 – First English Teacher X blog on Angelfire
January 2005 – First Sandy Macmanus blog on blog-city
April 2005 – First post of joint blog Dekita.org, whose main writers included TEFL blogging pioneers Aaron Campbell and Barbara Dieu (who wrote on it as recently as 2010)
16 June 2005- First post of English Teacher X’s present (blogspot) blog
24 June 2005- First post on Jimbo’s English Teaching in Japan blog:
7 September 2005- First proper post of the fabulous but obscure and now moved elsewhere Teacher in Development:
January 2006 – Sandy Macmanus’s first TEFL Blacklist blog/ site
31 August 2006- First post of long time leading TEFL blog TEFLlogue
Sept 2006- ELT Notebook first post:
18 Feb 2007 – Insights into TEFL opens with the blog post below and 4 more on the first day! The next day there were 15!
23 February 2007 – First post on TEFL blogging superstar Jason Renshaw’s blog (though didn’t really take off till later – but boy did it do so then!)
12 June 2007- First post on TEFLtastic
13 January 2008 – First post of leading TEFL blog of its time Six Things by Lindsay Clandfield
As that is a long time ago in online history, ideas on the most important things to happen since also gratefully received.